Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween from The Scarecrow mini figure, part of Playmobil Figures Series 3

Halloween or Hallowe'en, also known as All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows. According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve was originally influenced by western European harvest festivals and festivals of the dead with possible pagan roots, particularly the Celtic Samhain. Others maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has Christian roots. [source: wiki]

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as "guising"), attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

The third series of crazy playing and collecting fun with PLAYMOBIL Figures (or Fi?ures) is already here! PLAYMOBIL launched 24 new fun characters for boys and girls (12 for boys and 12 for girls), adding to the creative line-up of figures from its mystery bag. The figures come unassembled with various interchangeable parts and accessories. They can be combined and assembled to the heart’s content.

This Scarecrow mini figure is one of the 12 Playmobil figures (fi?ures) released as part of series 3 and how appropriate it is to feature it on Halloween ;p

It's a pretty nice figure that is well thought out and put together, with the long black overcoat and the garden fork (also spading fork, digging fork or graip)

Its face or head is a jack-o'-lantern, which is typically a carved pumpkin, named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack o' lantern.

In a jack o' lantern, typically the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved out, and the lid replaced. It is typically seen during Halloween.

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